The Anguish of a Near Miss

 In putting, it’s the small misses that sting the most. With so many factors in play on every stroke, it’s hard to accept the result that comes painfully close to success. The most frustrating part is that ninety-nine out of one hundred details can be right, but it only takes one small element to keep the ball out of the hole. Despite the anguish of coming so close, the near-miss is a sign of many good things. The best putters have far more close calls than makes, but that constant proximity pays off over time. Putts that hang around the hole can somedays fall in droves. Even still, the ones that don’t drop are tough pills to swallow.


If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

It’s Good To Be a Grinder

Most golf rounds are a grind. Every shot is a battle against bogey and it is hard to stay in that mindset hole after hole. For the majority of amateurs, managing misses is just a way of life though. Finding a way to turn off-center swings into a string of pars is a real skill. Honestly, it’s much more impressive than the monotonous player’s rhythm of hitting fairways and greens. It takes constant concentration to keep scores low when the ball doesn’t behave the way you’d like. Through some combination of strategy and scrambling, pars can be manufactured from a myriad of challenging positions. Leaving shots in places with room to recover is a key element of that thinking. Steering away from hazards and staying below the hole are smart moves too. Golfers who make many birdies set themselves up with booming drives and well-struck approaches. The par saver makes their hay by knowing where miss-hits are most likely to go. Chips, putts, punches, and sand saves are all important parts of that repertoire. The best grinders take a great deal of pride in this work. And it most certainly is work. There are indeed days where things go more according to plan, but the law of averages usually yields an outing with many difficulties. In this reality, golf can often feel more like a mining operation than leisure. However, there is much to appreciate about hard-fought pars. It’s good to be a grinder.


If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J